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Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Racer 5 India Pale AleRacer 5 India Pale Ale

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6,688 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,688
Reviews: 2,206
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 221
Gots: 646 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This hoppy American IPA is a full bodied beer brewed with American pale and crystal malts, and heavily hopped with Chinook, Cascade, Columbus and Centennial. There's a trophy in every glass.

2009 Great American Beer Festival® American-Style Strong Pale Ale – GOLD
2009 Colorado State Fair – Best of Show
2006 Great American Beer Festival® American-Style Strong Pale Ale – SILVER
2005 Great American Beer Festival® American-Style Strong Pale Ale – SILVER
1999 Great American Beer Festival® India Pale Ale - GOLD

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-27-2002)
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma:  Subdued grapefruit aroma with a hint of malt.  Was hoping for more.

Appearance:  Honey gold color with a half finger of head.  Head dissipates quickly leaving nice lacing.

Flavor:  Grapefruit rind and some caramel malt predominate.  Lingering bitterness in the finish.  Was hoping for more hop flavor.  Hop flavor is limited in comparison to other west coast IPAs.  

Mouthfeel:   Light body with good carbonation.

Overall:  This is a very good IPA for any hop head.  The hop aroma and flavor are fairly subdued in comparison to leading west coast IPAs.  Enjoyable IPA, but not my favorite.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of ZippyThePinhead
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my go-to IPAs. Not overpriced, widely distributed, always available (at least here in SoCal), very decent. Good value, I think. Usually around $4 for a 22-oz bomber as of this writing (7/2012). I'm pretty sure I can even find it at major supermarket chains, not just my favorite liquor stores.

It's not too malty; the hops and malt flavors are well-balanced. The finish is quick, just like I prefer, with no lingering bitter aftertaste. It is a good ambassador of the west-coast-style IPA.

It doesn't offer the smooth, refined piney goodness of certain competitor brews, but it's certainly very drinkable and refreshing. What it lacks in piney goodness it makes up for in easy availability.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of cfrances33
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Monk's Cafe in Philly on 7/3/12. Poured into a shaker pint.

Pour: Deep gold with a finger and a half of bubbly white head. Head dissipates to a ring with some residual fizz. Spectacular lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit and caramel malts dominate. Maybe a little pine, but not substantial.

Taste: More grapefruit and caramel. Some honey in there too. Good flavor profile, but not extraordinary.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light and goes down very easily.

Overall: A very solid IPA. If I could get fresh more often, I'd buy it more often. This beer screams for cans and the beach.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my desert island beer. If I was allowed only one beer to bring with me to a deserted island, this is it! Not just my go-to beer, but damn near my favorite ever. Damn near.

Of course I'm a little biased due to having an intense love of Healdsburg, CA, so take this all with the appropriate grain...

Beautiful amber pour, nice, white head, quality lacing as the glass quickly empties. Complex taste, but not so complex that it's overwhelming. A slight bit of spice on the front end followed by a super clean finish that leaves me begging for more. There is a malty presence which I might usually find annoying, but this is balanced so perfectly that I find myself enjoying what could be considered a slight drawback.

This is simply the most solid American IPA I've found this side of the Russian River. Buy it, drink it, be it.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: standard but solid 355mL brown bottle, funky if plain old-school label.

Appearance: golden amber with a slight hint of orange, a bit hazy. The head is impressive - only 1.5 fingers deep, but heavy and creamy. Good retention and lacing.

Aroma: as expected, a heavily hopped aroma. A good mix of citric, pine and floral hops.

Taste: follows the aroma. The citric, pine and floral hops are absolutely present, but also have some bread malts to back it up. Better than the usual American IPA - more complex.

Aftertaste: the heavy hops linger a bit too much for my palate, but I can at least recognise that it has been magnificently combined. A steady bitterness travels through, which is nice.

Mouthfeel: medium-to-heavy body, light-to-moderate carbonation. I'm glad the carbonation hasn't been over-done like some American IPAs.

Overall: one of the best American IPAs I have had, by a fair old margin. It is heavily hopped per the style, but it doesn't make the usual mistakes of over-carbonation and no malt to back up. Really, a lovely brew.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,688 ratings.